Roger Erick Hoeker of Jenison has been arrested for Involuntary Manslaughter in the death of 13 year old William “Billy” Gort Jr.
In February, “Billy” Gort Jr. was squirrel hunting in Oceana County with another teenage friend and Roger Hoeker, a mentor with a youth outreach program called Christianity Outdoors. Roger Hoeker was also a Michigan hunter safety instructor. The teen hunters had shotguns and Roger Hoeker was hunting with a small caliber rifle. During the trip Roger Hoeker discharged his rifle, resulting in “Billy” Gort Jr. being struck in the head. He died of his injuries. Orange hunter safety attire was reported to have been worn at the time of the shooting.